Catholic Daily Reading + Reflection, 12 November 2020 – The Kingdom Of God Is In Your Midst
Readings at Mass for Thursday November 12, 2020
Weekday (32) ordinary Time
Today’s Rosary: The Luminous Mystery
Death Anniversary of Archbishop Stephen Ezeanya of ONITSHA: 12/11/9
SAINT JOSAPHAT, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)
Receive him, no longer as a slave, but as a beloved brother.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon (Philemon 1: 7-20)
Beloved: I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you — I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus — I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment. (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own free will. Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand, I will repay it — to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Psalm 146:6c-7.8-9a.9bc-10 (R. 5a)
R/. Blessed is he who is helped by Jacob’s God.
It is the Lord who preserves fidelity forever,
who does justice to those who are oppressed.
It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
the Lord who sets prisoners free. R.
It is the Lord who opens the eyes of the blind,
the Lord who raises up those who are bowed down.
It is the Lord who loves the just,
the Lord who protects the stranger. R.
The Lord upholds the orphan and the widow,
but thwarts the path of the wicked.
The Lord will reign forever,
the God of Sion from age to age. R.
ALLELUIA John 15:5
Alleluia. I am the vine, you are the branches says the Lord. He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit. Alleluia.
“The kingdom of God is in your midst.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (Luke 17:20-25)
At that time: Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, Jesus answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Behold, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, ‘Behold, there!’ or ‘Behold, here!’ Do not go, do not follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
The gospel passage of today is very pertinent to our contemporary time. Many preachers predict the end times to scare people to repentance. But Jesus cautioned his disciples against following such preachers. He made it clear that with the event of his coming, the kingdom of God is in our midst, in our hearts. Yet people did not understand and accept him.
The Christians are those who have the capacity to forgive hurts and extend a hand of friendship to those who offend them. This is what we see in the first reading where St Paul appeals for Onesimus, the runaway slave. Christians should follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ in his forgiving love for the sinner.
Today’s Saint: SAINT JOSAPHAT
Saint Josaphat is a martyr and patron for the reunion of the Greek and Latin Churches. Born in Ukraine as an Orthodox in 1580, he became a Catholic and then a monk and priest of the Order of Saint Basil. He became archimandrite and later archbishop of Polock. A zealous and dedicated bishop, he worked very hard for Christian unity, until, in 1623, he suffered martyrdom at the hands of those who opposed his efforts.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
– I thank you Almighty God for your word that is active and alive.
– Grant me your grace to consciously realize that you are the beginning and the end of all things and that you know my end from my beginning, hence, you know my troubles and worries.
– Help me to fully rely on you and not in my own competence anymore.
Let Us Pray
Gracious and holy Father, please give me intellect to understand you, reason to discern you; diligence to seek you; wisdom to find you; a spirit to know you; a heart to meditate upon you; ears to hear you; eyes to see you; a tongue to proclaim you; a way of life pleasing to you; patience to wait for you; and perseverance to look for you. Grant me: a perfect end, your holy presence. A blessed resurrection, and life everlasting.
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